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Avoid Memory Loss, Back it Up!

We’ve said it before with a lot of passion, and we are going to remind you again, please, back up your pictures.  But this time it’s not for you, it’s for your family, your spouse, your kids, your niece and nephew that you may not even have yet.  Do it for them.  I’m going to share a story with you, not to scare you, well maybe a little, but to remind you why you should back up your images.

Yesterday, I was having a tutoring session with a client that we have known for quite some time.  She said, “Poppy, remember when I picked up my portraits last Christmas and you said back up your photos?  Well, I hate to say it but I didn’t.  But it wasn’t my computer that failed, it was my phone’s memory card that failed.  All of the vacation pictures and videos of my kids, all gone.” My heart broke for this mom.  She has really adorable kids, and they are at that fun age, where they say and do silly things that are all worth capturing.  She was able to get a few of her vacation photos back because she did email them to her mom, who doesn’t use face book, so those were stored in the world wide web, halleluiah!

So if I may loosely quote Paul Simon,

‘She said it’s really not my habit to intrude

Furthermore, I hope my meaning won’t be lost or misconstrued

But I’ll repeat myself, at the risk of being crude

There must be fifty ways to back-up your memories’

Make a new plan, Stan. You don’t need to be coy, Roy.

Just get yourself free. Hop on the bus, Gus.

You don’t need to discuss much. Just drop off the key, Lee.

And get yourself free-

Free yourself from the worry of losing those precious memories!

Here’s the plan:

  1. Upload them to your chosen place of printing; of course you are printing those awesome photos!  Creative Memories – Costco – your local printer – somewhere that is going to be around forever!  When you order prints order the disc with them, it’s about four extra clams, and worth the peace of mind, for the time being.  Who knows what the next type of digital media storage will be, but I would be willing to bet it won’t always be CDs, so those alone are not enough.
  2. Email those videos to yourself on your web based email (gmail has a ton of storage, so if you are not yet a user we highly recommend it) or to your friend, grandma, or cousin that you haven’t  talked to in a while, they will get a kick out of it, and you will have that extra backup.
  3. Go, do it now.  It’s really that easy.

Thank you for taking the time to go back up your memories.  I don’t want anyone to have to tell me I was right, I want you to have those precious moments captured in time forever to pass on for generations.

~Poppy